The London Assembly Transport Committee has written a series of recommendations to the Mayor of London, in order to ensure the successful implementation of the Healthy Streets approach.
Responsible for holding the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) to account, the London Assembly provides a vital function for ensuring schemes are both viable and then implemented.
As such, the Transport Committee of the London Assembly has set out the recommendations that it feels will help embed the Healthy Streets approach throughout all London Boroughs and TfL.
It is a key approach for Sadiq Khan, whose Mayor Transport Strategy set out ambitions including that, by 2041, Londoners should undertake at least 20 minutes of active travel each day.
This also satisfies the need to ensure cleaner air in the city, which is trying to rid itself of the toxic air that affects Londoners; such a policy is being rolled out throughout the UK, with the government focusing on clean air policies.
In addition, the London Assembly Transport Committee’s letter outlines the need for TfL to expand its Safer Junctions Programme.
Once again, this is crucial to reducing the number of collisions in the city caused by vehicles including HGVs.
Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, explained why the approach is beneficial for safety and the environment.
“It’s important that all Londoners feel confident to walk, cycle and access public transport on streets across the capital.
“Not only does that benefit the environment by having fewer cars on the road, but it also has the potential to improve health as people become more active.
“The Mayor and TfL must consider the difference between actual dangerous junctions and perceived dangerous junctions by pedestrians and cyclists.
“We all want Londoners to feel safe on London’s roads. Our recommendations will ensure the Mayor’s Healthy Streets approach makes a difference to the health and lives of Londoners.”